Orchestra

Upcoming Concert

March 18, 2018

Carnegie Hall

Soloist Profile

Giora Schmidt

Born in Philadelphia in 1983 to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four.

Orchestra Staff

Music Director
David Alan Miller Conducting Fellow
Librarian
Orchestra Manager

Orchestra

Praised by the New York Times for their “incisive, cohesive and colorful playing,” the Orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall and the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights  five times during the 2017/18 season tackling works by Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky. Under the baton of new music director Michael Repper, each performance will feature a world premiere by an emerging American composer, commissioned through the NYYS’s First Music program. Young soloist Christine Lamprea, cello, will make her Carnegie Hall debut in partnership with the Sphinx Organization, supported by The Roy and Shirley Durst Début series. Renowned flutist Demarre McGill and acclaimed soprano Julia Bullock will join the orchestra for Kevin Puts's Flute Concerto and Samuel Barber's Knoxville, Summer of 1915, respectively. Recent orchestra highlights include its first-ever tour in July 2015 to Argentina; a cameo appearance in the NY Public Theater’s Public Works production of The Odyssey; an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing with Misty Copeland; and participation in an international cultural exchange program in Trinidad sponsored by the US Embassy.

Performances

Each season the orchestra performs three concerts at Carnegie Hall as well as free community concerts at the United Palace Theatre. The performance schedule for the current season can be found at http://www.nyys.org/events/current.

Rehearsals

The Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 2-6pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music unless otherwise noted. A detailed schedule is provided during auditions.

Sectionals

Sectional rehearsals are held once per concert cycle, led by members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and prominent musicians in the metropolitan area.

First Music World Premières

Each season, the orchestra performs the world premières of three pieces commissioned by young American composers through the First Music program. Orchestra members collaborate with today's most gifted young composers in a unique opportunity for both composer and player to realize musical dreams, and to surmount the challenges of giving the world a new work of art. Orchestra soloists perform these premières through The Roy and Shirley Durst Début series. See the First Music page for this year's commissions.

Fellowships

Fellowships are offered each season to principal string, wind, brass, and percussion players. Fellows have unique responsibilities within their section and make a commitment for performing new works by students of the Composition program at the annual Orchestration Reading Workshop and Composition Date Concert. New in 2017, mentor fellowships will be awarded to exceptional students in each program. More information and applications will be announced in early September.

Auditions

Please check the audition section of our website for eligiblity and fee requirements, application information, and audition dates.

Note: Prospective applicants are urged to review the Musician Guidelines and check for scheduling conflicts before applying for an audition.